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Windows 10 Creators Update: The 10 Best Features

Windows 10 Creators Update: The 10 Best Features

Microsoft has been working on Windows 10 Creators update for a while, and it is now ready to roll out to Windows 10 users. Let’s take a look at the 10 best new features of Windows 10 Creators Update.

While the previous Anniversary Update included more significant features, the Creators Update brings some small and welcome features that can actually boost the overall performance and productivity.

Windows 10 Creators Update setup is now entirely powered by Cortana.

Microsoft has been working to improve Windows 10 experience, And this time with the creators update, Microsoft has decided to make it more AI-friendly. If you clean install Windows 10 Creators Update, Cortana will use your microphone and speakers to listen to commands, including setting up a Wi-Fi network and keyboard layout, though You can still use your keyboard and mouse instead of your voice if you want to set up Windows 10 in a more traditional manner. Cortana is also capable of activating some system functions like locking the PC or turning the WiFi off.

Game Mode.

When it comes to gaming, it is either Xbox or PlayStation, And PC gamers have been seen as second class citizens of the gaming world, at least by Microsoft. Thanks to Windows 10 creators update, things are even better now. Enabling the Game mode in Xbox app of Windows 10 Creators Update will prioritize CPU and GPU resources for a game, and ultimately makes sure that games run as best as they can on a Windows 10 PC. Just keep in mind, the Game Mode has to be enabled for each game you play.

The other major gaming addition is support for Beam, the streaming service that Microsoft bought last August. What makes Beam different from Twitch is its much lower latency. Beam streaming in the Creators Update is pretty straightforward; you need an account on Beam and an Xbox Live ID,  then it is a question of clicking the stream button on the game bar which is accessible by pressing Windows  + G keys on your keyboard.

Night Light.

If you are a Windows 10 user spending time on the computer late night, the Night Light feature on Windows 10 creators update is for you. The feature lets you reduce blue light from a screen after sunset or at a specific time in the evening, so that it emits warmer colors. Reducing the amount of blue light will result in a better sleep at night once you log off and hit the sack.

Picture-in-picture View.

With the Windows 10 creators update, Microsoft is bringing Picture-in-Picture view mode to Windows 10. With Picture-in-Picture view mode, you can watch a film or TV show and pop the window out so it’s always on top, and Skype will place calls on top of other windows. You can keep watching content while you browse or work in other apps. While the feature is currently only supported by some of Microsoft’s own apps like the built-in Movies & TV app, Windows 10 app developers will be able to include the feature in their app updates.

Dynamic Lock.

Known internally at Microsoft as “Windows Goodbye,”  Dynamic Lock is a new feature that automatically locks your PC once you are away from the PC. You can pair Bluetooth devices like a smartphone or wearable, and Windows 10 will sense it once the Bluetooth connection is too far away and lock the PC.

Paint 3D.

Microsoft Creators update is designed with creators in mind and that is where the name for this update came from. Although there aren’t many creative features in the OS update generally, Paint 3D is specially designed for those who are interested in creating new things in 3D, and is the obvious addition to Windows 10. It’s a 3D version of Microsoft’s built-in Paint app, but comes with a modern look and is more touch-friendly. You can use a stylus like the Surface Pen to annotate and create objects and easily share it to community site, Remix 3D. Users can also import 3D objects created by community members.

Windows Defender Security Center.

With the Creators Update, Microsoft has moved all of Windows’ security features into a hub called Windows Defender Security Center. Now you can access Virus & threat protection, Device performance & health, Firewall & network protection,  App & browser control, and Family options via Defender Security Center, making it easy to fine tune your settings in one place.

Microsoft Edge improvements.

Microsoft Edge gradually, but definitely taking on Chrome with new updates and tweaking. With Windows 10 creators update, Microsoft is bringing a new feature that lets you set tabs aside and save them for a later use. This feature is a very welcome addition for heavy users of tabs. Microsoft has also added ebook support and the ability to view 360 videos to Edge.

All troubleshooters are in One place.

Although Windows Control panel still exists, Microsoft has moved much of its functionality to the settings app. With the Creators Update, there is a dedicated “Troubleshoot” portal in the settings app, which lets you access all the troubleshooting options from Internet connection woes and printer trouble, to diagnosing blue screen errors and Bluetooth problems.

Better control over Windows 10 Updates.

While you cannot stop Windows 10 updates completely through the settings app, with the Creators update you can now at least pause updates for a week, or configure active hours in Windows 10 for up to 18 hours a day.

While Windows 10 Creators Update is not as comprehensive as last year’s Anniversary Update, improvements and additions except for an ad infestation into the core component of Windows are welcome features and the most of Windows 10 users should enjoy. What do you think about the new Windows 10 Creators Update? Leave your thoughts below.

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